Speakers & Presenters

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Regina Belle

“I’m amazingly blessed. I will never ever say that I’ve lived the perfect life to be shown such favor with God or the people but here I am,” declares the incomparable Regina Belle. The Academy Award-winning and Multi Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress, with a string of hits including Make It Like It Was, If I Could, Baby Come To Me and This Is Love,...

Rita Tolbert

Patient advocacy has remained at the core of how Rita approaches her daily work. At heart, she is a consumer advocate. While at UnitedHealthcare she’s also been responsible for Multicultural marketing, acquisition marketing of the AARP Hospital Indemnity Plans and advancing Operational Excellence.

Dr. Khaalida T. Forbes

Dr. Khaalida T. Forbes, MSW, DMIN  is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metamorphosis Enterprises, Atlanta, GA.   As a native of New York, Dr. Forbes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Virginia State University, both a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work as well as a Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University, and an earned Doctorate of Ministry degree in Prophetic Preaching for the 21st Century from United Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Renita J. Weems

Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems is a biblical scholar, a writer, an ordained minister, and a public intellectual whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives make her a highly sought-after writer and speaker. She has numerous books, commentaries and articles on the Bible and prophetic religion to her credit. Among these are “Just A Sister Away” (1987 & 2005); “I Asked for Intimacy” (1993); “Song of Songs: A Commentary”, Interpreter’s Bible Series, Vol. 5 (Abingdon, 1997).

Bernard R. Rubin

Dr. Rubin is a clinician and educator with national expertise in systemic lupuserythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune rheumatic conditions. He has participated in dozens of clinical trials. He has published numerous articles, and abstracts. He started two rheumatology fellowships – one in Texas and the other in Michigan, devoting much of his career to educating dozens of young trainees to develop into successful clinicians and academic rheumatologists.

Dr. Paul L. Brown, Sr.

Dr. Paul L. Brown, Sr. is the President & Dean of Phillips School of Theology at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of Stress and the Pulpit. Born in Newark, New Jersey and educated in the Essex County public School system, Dr. Brown graduated Orange High School in 1978. He then went on to college at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., and completed his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University of New Jersey.

Bishop Horace E. Smith, M.D.

Bishop Horace E. Smith, M.D. is a man gifted with a passion for God’s Word coupled with a love for God’s people.  He has a contagious spirit of generosity that overflows in every facet of his life.  As pastor of the Apostolic Faith Church and an attending physician specializing in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital), Dr. Horace E. Smith has treated bodies and souls for three decades.